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Phantom National Regatta Series 2021

by Mike Webster 25 Oct 13:04 BST
Phantom Nationals at Stone © Nick Champion /

To help commemorate the Phantom Class 50th Anniversary this year, the class introduced a National Regatta Series in addition to the normal regional traveller series. The regatta series provided the opportunity for sailors from around the country to travel a little further and meet up with fellow Phanatics, to compete in five national events spread across the south west, south east, east, midlands and the northern Phantom regions of the country.

The opening event in early June, the Inland Championships, was held at Northampton Sailing Club part of the midlands region with a fantastic entry of 34 boats. This light wind event was won by Simon Hawkes from Castle Cove Sailing Club, his first Phantom Inland Championship title, closely followed by Rob Cook from the home club with Rob Starling from Burghfield S.C. in third.

The second event in early July moved to the south west region and the ever popular Castle Cove S.C at Weymouth. In complete contrast to the first event in the series, the breeze was on, providing champagne sailing conditions. Ian Stone from Maidenhead S.C. relished the fresh breeze and lumpy sea state wining the event with local boy Nick Orman coming second and John 'Titch' Wayling from Northampton S.C. in third place.

Filey S.C. in North Yorkshire hosted the northern Phantom national regatta gathering, which formed part of Filey S.C. own 70th Anniversary July Regatta weekend. With the wind building over the weekend to a moderate northerly breeze, the north sea true to form provided its famous big swell. The conditions were enjoyed by most of the fleet with some still regretting the lack of big sea sailing. Mike Webster from Northampton S.C. took overall first place honors with John Shaw form East Lothian Y.C. in second and Matt Velamail of Beaver S.C. the newby to the fleet in third.

With the series now well under way the south east region provided the early September venue for the penultimate regatta event hosted by Lee on the Solent S.C. Another sea venue was enjoyed by the visitors with Chris Shelton of Downs S.C. taking the winners title, followed by Nick Orman from Castle Cove S.C. in second place and Nigel King of Lymington Town S.C in third.

Only one event remained and the regatta series was still all to play for with each preceding event won by different sailors. Appropriately the finale would be played out at the National Championships in mid September. Stone S.C. in the east of England welcomed a near record entry of 76 boats. In challenging conditions the three day event played its part in not only providing a fantastic National Championships but also the deciding event of the National Regatta Series.

In the end Ian Stone of Maidenhead S.C. become the Phantom National Champion, which also placed him at the top of the leader board for the 2021 National Regatta Series. Second and third place at the National championships went to Andy Couch of Blithfiled S.C. and Charlie Chandler of Bowmoor S.C. respectively.

Congratulations to Ian Stone for completing the 'Double' - 2021 Phantom National Champion and National Regatta Series Winner.

Second place in the Regatta Series went to Simon Hawkes, Castle Cove S.C. and Richard Sims from Carsington S.C. finishing in third place.

The regatta series has showed the strength and depth of the Phantom class across all regions with a total of 95 boats taking part, with the top ten placing being dominated by the South West and Midlands regions.

Phantom National Regatta Series 2021: (3 from 5 to count)

PosSail NoNameClubRegionGrafham
Castle CoveFileyLee on SolentStone
11280Ian StoneMaidenhead SCSouth WestCancelled97197719
21472Simon Hawkes Castle Cove SCSouth West1497971015
31447Richard SimsCarsington SCMidlands5114973420
41385John WaylingNorthampton SCMidlands4397971421
51481Martin WattsNetley SCSouth West1297974521
61485Rob CookNorthampton SCMidlands2997971122
71391Nigel KingLymington Town SCSouth West1189731322
81440Mike WebsterNorthampton SCMidlands7971972230
91400Jim HoptonShustoke SCMidlands13975971533
101419Andy WeatherspoonDerwent Reservoir SCNorthern17797971236
111318Dave PatrickBroadwater SCSouth East20139766139
121473Chris SheltonDowns SCSouth East10979712940
131487Nick OrmanCastle Cove SCSouth West9729723842
141484Paul BirbeckWimbleball SCSouth West221097972052
151270Charlie ChandlerBowmoor SCSouth West89797973108
151488Matt VelamailBeaver SCNorthern97973978108
171278Jon ShawEast Lothian YCNorthern979729725124
181266Ben FalatWaveney Oulton Broad YCEast997979719125
191392Lee RiddellBroadwater SCSouth East979797826131
201337Richard NurseNorthampton SCMidlands1597979724136
211275Chris YellandHayling Island SCSouth East979797940146
221443Phil LongleyStone SCEast2797979723147
231273Bill Taylor Creaksea SCEast1997979735151
241465Gordon kingston‑MinisLee on Solent SCSouth East9797971046153
251467Norman ByrdDraycote SCMidlands3297979727156
261461Graham Dale‑JonesCreaksea SCEast2497979752173
271297Nick CrickmoreWaveney Oulton Broad YCEast2397979755175
281466Henry AyresLymington Town SCSouth West975979774176
291309Mike StoneStone SCEast2997979757183
301224Yossi GalikoSWSCMidlands3397979758188
311456Andy CouchBlithfield SCMidlands979797972196
321431Rob StarlingBurghfield SCMidlands397979797197
331312Lawrence CrispinStone SCEast979797974198
341340Ed ChildLee on Solent SCSouth East979797597199
351439Miles OdellNorthampton SCMidlands697979797200
361346Matt Butler Yorkshire Dales SCNorthern979769797200
371458Harry BrIdonOgston SCMidlands979797976200
381446Alex KnightCastle Cove SCSouth West976979797200
391412Adam PerryPenine SCNorthern979779797201
401233Ben HardenBurnham SCEast979797977201
411334Bob PortwayRoyal Harwich YCSouth East979797979203
421360Stuart MaunderPoole Y CSouth West9712979797206
431356Steve WardBartley SCMidlands1497979797208
441339Ian JayCastle Cove SCSouth West9714979797208
451373Chris GreethamPoole YCSouth West9715979797209
461139Matthew PritchardBurton SCMidlands1697979797210
471490Neil FulcherStone SCEast9797979716210
481395Chris RobertsCreaksea SCEast9797979717211
491269Andrew HuntWaveney Oulton Broad YCEast1897979797212
501464Terry CrookStone SCEast9797979718212
511394Nick FavellWaveney Oulton Broad YCEast2197979797215
521451John NuttallTenby SCMidlands9797979721215
531369Duncan SymeGreat Moor SCMidlands2597979797219
541364Tony CookDowns SCSouth East2697979797220
551414Dave SmithHollingworth Lake SCNorthern2897979797222
561245Paddy DenbyBroadstairs SCSouth East9797979728222
571178Tom GissaneBowmoor SCSouth West3097979797224
581455Matt NeildRoyal Windermere YCNorthern9797979730224
591208Simon LennaneLlandegfedd SCMidlands3197979797225
601446Richard CumberbachCastle Cove SCSouth West9797979731225
611342Mark SpruceLee on Solent SCSouth East9797979732226
621359Paul LesterChasewater SCMidlands9797979733227
631457Simon WigmoreGrafham SCMidlands3497979797228
641430Tim DenbyBroadstairs SCSouth East9797979736230
65404Hamish BettanyCreaksea SCEast9797979737231
661448Tom WhittinghamBowmoor SCSouth West9797979739233
671469Chris BiglinShustoke SCMidlands9797979741235
681159Josh HylandChase SCMidlands9797979742236
691164James SparksDabchicks SCEast9797979743237
701321Gary FullerWaveney Oulton Broad YCEast9797979744238
711420Clive MorelyMinnis Bay SCSouth East9797979745239
721470Jack YoungLyme Regis SCSouth West9797979747241
731468Tim PlattMaidenhead SCSouth West9797979748242
741377Jeremy DeaconBroadwater SCSouth East9797979749243
751483Andy RobinsonLyme Regis SCSouth West9797979750244
761204Olly MoonCreaksea SCEast9797979751245
771386Nick MasonIsland Barn SCSouth West9797979753247
781269Andrew HuntGuernsey YCSouth West9797979754248
79949Dean SaxtonStone SCEast9797979756250
801381Dave GuthrieLyme Regis SCSouth West9797979759253
811404Eric HoweCreaksea SCEast9797979760254
82952Mike BluntRYA 9797979762256
831482Chris TurnerLyme Regis SCSouth West9797979763257
841045Simon EvanceBroadstairs SCSouth East9797979764258
851441Stewart JarvisBroadstairs SCSouth East9797979765259
861183Steve SwinchattBroadwater SCSouth East9797979766260
871203Colin SpenceChase SCMidlands9797979767261
881347Brian WebleyShustoke SCMidlands9797979768262
891406Olly HopkinsBowmoor SCSouth West9797979769263
901454Dave SellarShoreham SCSouth East9797979770264
911460Steve PoppleSussex YCSouth East9797979771265
921140Stephen MasonBurton SCMidlands9797979772266
931437Stuart GreenChasewater SCMidlands9797979773267
941184Ian SimonsCreaksea SCEast9797979774268
951424Simon ClarkeRYA 9797979774268

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